CRED, Buliisa District Write To Ministry Of Lands Over Land Registration

By Doris Atwijukire-CRED At the end of the just concluded week, Civic Response on Environment and Development (CRED) and Buliisa District Local Government severally addressed letters to the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Betty Amongi, asking the ministry of lands to support the district in its efforts of registering customary and communal land interests. Buliisa is one of the districts in the Bunyoro sub region with the largest proportion of communities living under a customary- communal setting. The land interests of the community and the individuals in the community are unregistered. With the discovery of oil and gas in the district, land conflicts have escalated between and amongst families, clans, individuals, land speculators and grabbers due to lack of evidence of ownership of the land. This has made security of tenure for the poor a big challenge for Buliisa district and the sub region at large. “the…

Rubondo Selected To Lead Petroleum Authority

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry Of Energy and Mineral Development, has in a Press Statement issued Thursday announced that Ernest Rubondo, who has been working as the Director for Petroleum in the Ministry, will be the first executive director of Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) bringing an end to the recruitment process that started in January, 2016. Rubondo has been working with the Petroleum Exploration and Production Department (PEPD) under the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development since its inception in 1991. He holds a Master of Science degree on Petroleum Reservoir Geology from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in the UK. The Permanent Secretary Dr. F.A. Kabagambe-Kaliisa says the function of PAU is to monitor and regulate exploration, development and production of the petroleum in Uganda. These roles have previously been carried out by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and they will hitherto be taken…

Total Uganda Lands Excellium Fuel

Petroleum products retailer Total Uganda launched Excellium, a new line of specific fuels that clean engines and provide lasting protection to ensure they perform better, use less fuel and produce fewer polluting emissions. The new generation unleaded petrol and diesel is available in all of the 125 Total service stations across the country. "This launch represents a new step in innovation to help our customers consume better and less thanks to our fuels. The Total Excellium products combine the best of Total's technological know-how in its formula and reflect our very high commitment to quality. Our research teams developed these fuels to provide an ever-more effective response to our customers' growing focus on engine care," said Stanislas Mittelman, Senior Vice President, Africa/Middle East at Total Marketing & Services, in a press statement. A clean engine uses less fuel, pollutes less and lasts longer While new powertrains deliver increasingly high performance,…

Bunyoro King Encourages Youth To Study

The people of Bunyoro should send their children to school so that the kingdom can get experts to work in the burgeoning oil and gas sector, the King of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, His Highness, Solomon Gaffabusa Iguru, told his ministers at a meeting this week. The message was also directed at the kingdom’s youths who according to the King have a right to study. Speaking at the closing ceremony of a two day retreat meeting at Adonia Hotel in Buliisa Town on Tuesday, the King said with education the kingdom will experience development and innovation. ” I call on all the people of Bunyoro to send children to school. Bunyoro need experts in oil production and agriculture” the King said. He warned youths against engaging in behaviors that put their lives in danger. He encouraged youths not to contract HIV/AIDS and abuse of drugs. Bunyoro is home to over 6.5billion…

Victoria University Starts Short Oil And Gas Courses

The Victoria University Oil and Gas Department has announced that short course training in oil and gas management will be held starting from 27th August 2016. Registration for the general public is ongoing for our August intake, the Jinja Road based University said in a statement. Training is conducted by professionals working in the oil and gas industry and other consultants practicing along the oil and gas value chain. This programme targets professionals who are working in the oil and gas industry and those working for organizations and sectors whose businesses support the oil and gas industry. The programme includes an oil and gas education tour of the Oil Fields in the Albertine Graben (Hoima and Buliisa Oil Fields). The training program equips delegates with skills and knowledge to start a rewarding career in the oil and gas industry. On successful completion, delegates are awarded the Certificate of Achievement in…

7 Ways Government Can Address Electricity And Oil Development Challenges

Early this week, Non-Government Organization (NGO), Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO), in an open letter addressed to The President of the Republic Of Uganda H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni proposes key issues that must be addressed in order to maximize electricity and oil benefits for the citizens. In the letter AFIEGO tells the president how corruption, lack of respect for existing laws, secrecy in licensing processes, failure to conduct regular audits, political manipulations, tax exemptions and total lack of good governance are impediments to the energy sector. Below are measures AFIEGO believes can improve the energy sector. Production licenses: You need to appreciate that the oil sector is very technical and requires high levels of skills. For this matter, the government should operationalize the Petroleum Authority and support it to take responsibility of approving or disapproving the issuance of both exploration and production licenses as well negotiation of PSAs. This…

Total E&P To Get 3 Production Licenses

French oil exploration and production giant Total E&P Uganda, according to a decision taken by cabinet on Wednesday 3rd August 2016, will be issued with three production licenses. A statement released by State House Uganda after the meeting stated that the cabinet sitting considered and approved a request from the minister of energy to allow her issue three petroleum production licenses to Total E&P. The production licenses to be issued have a duration of 25years and can be renewed for an additional 5 years as provided for in the Production sharing agreement (PSA). The licenses will cover exploration area 1 of the albertine graben, that is, Ngiri, Jobi-Rii and Gunya to be operated by total E&P Uganda. “Also the licenses provide that where there are oil fields which extend across boundaries of license areas, it’s agreed that these oil fields will be developed as one unit. The final investment decision…

Tanzania Confident Uganda Oil Pipeline Will Be Completed In 2020

Tanzania’s ministry of energy and minerals is optimistic construction of Uganda – Tanzania Crude export pipeline also known as East African Crude Oil Pipeline will be completed in 2020. A statement released on Monday by the ministry indicated that the cost of the regional 1,443 kilometres pipeline will be $3.5 billion. The two countries are looking for funds to bankroll the major infrastructure project. French Oil Company Total SA has showed interest and commitment to fund the project. Tullow Oil and CNOOC, who alongside Total are the oil companies in charge of Uganda’s oil, have also shown interest to fund the pipeline project. The Second Ministerial Meeting on Uganda – Tanzania Crude Oil Export Pipeline Development that sat in Hoima Uganda on 5th July, 2016 agreed that construction of the crude export pipeline should be completed in 2019/2020. Tanzania’s statement emphasizes this decision. The meeting also agreed that construction of…

Cabinet Ordered On Local Content

Uganda cabinet ministers, Permanent Secretaries and high ranking National Resistance Movement (NRM) leaders have been ordered to ensure that local entrepreneurs participate in the development of natural resources and infrastructures across the country. “Whenever there are big projects such as the hydro-electric dams, the oil projects, the standard gauge railway, etc., the planners should ensure that Ugandan entrepreneurs participate in providing local content such as cement, steel, wood, glass, catering, transport, drilling equipment, explosives (commercial), etc.” President Yoweri Museveni told a leadership retreat. The President was presenting a paper titled ‘Fast Tracking Industrialization and Socio-Economic Transformation ─ Kisanja Akuna Mchezo” at the closing of a one week long leadership retreat that was held at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi. The event ended Monday 1 August, 2016. Local companies lose out to international bidders because of their lack of expertise and finances to manage big money projects. Chinese contractors are…

Tanzania Determined To Buy 8% Stake In Uganda Refinery

Tanzania is pushing hard to purchase a significant shares in Uganda pending 60,000 barrels-a-day refinery. The refinery which will be built in the western district of Hoima in Uganda will be constructed and managed under a Public Private Partnership (PPP). The lead investor, which is yet to be determined following the pull out by the Russian RT-Global Resources, will own 60 percent while the Ugandan government will own the remaining 40 percent. Uganda however announced an 8 percent offer to her neighboring countries. Tanzania immediately expressed interest taking over the whole 8 percent. Tanzania’s Energy Minister Sospeter Muhongo in an interview with The Eastafrican Newspaper once again reiterated their interest in the prospective refinery confirming that government in Dar es Salaam will invest in the $2.5billion refinery. “We are determined to take all 8 per cent shares. Our initial calculations indicate it will cost $150.4 million,” the minister is quoted…
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